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SST Spread Double Wing

SST Spread Double Wing

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Published by: Harley on Jan 29, 2010
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The SST is a synthesis of the Double and Single Wings and theShotgun. Simply put, we can run most of the Double Wing plays, withequal power, and still have a fairly strong, variable passing threat thatdoesn’t require play-action which is ineffective in situations where we mustpass and everybody knows it.The SST formation resembles the Double Wing and most of the runsare very obviously taken directly from that powerful running set but, as witha Single Wing attack, one player assumes the multiple rolls of passer andmain runner on power plays and runs both wingback and fullback plays.Although the SST does not “spread” the defense, as most shotgunformations like to do, veteran Double Wingers realize that there is more thanone way to skin a cat. In youth football, most defensive coaches prefer torely on pressure rather than coverage to defeat the pass. Spreading out fivereceivers, with minimal blocking, plays directly into their hands.Additionally, the SST offers a built in “Bunch” passing attack but alsoallows us to split out our best receiver, protect with eight or nine blockers,and simply chuck the ball to that excellent athlete. More often than not, thatstrategy is much more effective in late game situations than trying to givethe QB many targets (and many potential moments of confusion andhesitation).Because our QB sets his feet to pass, brings up the ball and looksdownfield, we are, in a sense, using pass play-action to set up most of ourbase runs. Although our double tight, T-snap Double Wing has rarely beencontained (we’ve led our 18-team league in points scored the last two yearsand have never finished lower than third with this offense), a good defensivescheme, combined with good athletes, can make our job difficult. Switchingformations, especially to a very different flavor, can destroy the tidyprogram devised by the opponent. Doing so while still keeping thelinemen’s assignments unchanged, while opening up the threat of a pass, andwhile putting the ball in the hands of our best athletes, just makes sense.
Base Set
The base SST set has two tight ends and two wings. Our QB is set atfour yards deep directly behind center. Our top receiver is flanked to eitherside. Stances are a matter of choice. We prefer a two-point stance for all 11players, adjusted to position requirements (i.e.- the flanker may take a moreopen stance than the wings or linemen).
Gun Right
In the Gun Right formation (fig. 1), our fullback aligns as the leftwing, our usual C Back aligns as the flanker and the A Back moves to theright wing (slot) with the QB dropping back. This is purely dependent onpersonnel choices and may be accomplished by, for instance, removing thefullback and replacing him with a kid who can catch, flanking the QB (if hehappens to be a great receiver), moving the A Back to QB (if he’s a goodpasser and runner) and working from there. Ideally, the fewer changes inpersonnel, the better, but the point is to put the best kids at positions that fittheir talents and abilities with as few changes in assignments as possible.

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